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Public Service Commission finds Government didn't follow policy when recruiting staff - don't be guilty of the same thing

by , 24 October 2014
A new study by the Public Service Commission (PSC) has found that most government departments don't follow their recruitment and selection policies and procedures when hiring employees who support executive authorities.

According to the study, there's a general perception within ministries that departmental policies don't apply. This means they don't adhere to the processes that need to be followed to recruit and select senior managers in the public service.

A prime example of government's failure to follow proper procedure relates to the appointment of President Zuma's daughter in July last year. The 25-year-old was appointed chief of staff at the Telecommunications and Postal Services department even though the position was never advertised.

While these departments might get away with failing to follow procedure, you won't get away with doing the same thing in your workplace.

Here's why you must ALWAYS follow your recruitment and selection policy when recruiting.


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Don't be found guilty of failing to follow your recruitment and selection policy

 
Policies and procedures are there to give you guidelines on how to handle workplace matters.
 
What's more, they help you comply with your legal obligations under labour legislation.
 
When you flout them, you open the door to all sorts of legal problems.
 
And when it comes to labour law, ignoring your own policies is a cardinal sin.
 
We advise you to stick to your recruitment and selection policy when recruiting.
Doing so will help you:
 
  • Control the way you do recruitment in your company;
  • Choose the best candidates who qualify for the position;
  • Make sure all your recruitment processes are legally compliant; and
  • Save you from running into trouble at Labour Court four ignoring your obligations.
 
If you don't have a recruitment and selection policy, check out the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service. It will show you how to draft your policy and what to include in it.

The bottom line: Not only do you need to have a recruitment and selection policy, you need to follow it when recruiting.


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